December 9 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Those are the questions being asked in a new public consultation on the West Norfolk town’s parking problems.
A survey earlier this year showed strong support for action on parking, which can be a particular problem for town centre residents during the summer holiday season.
Now officials are proposing residents’ parking in Victoria Avenue, York Avenue, Glebe Avenue, Lincoln Street, Austin Street, Church Street, St Edmund’s Avenue, Avenue Road, Hill Street, Crescent Road and Seagate Road.
They say permit parking would prevent streets within the specified zone from filling up with visitors’ cars, including people trying to avoid charges in car parks or on-street pay and display.
But they warn the scheme would have to be self-financing, including the cost of enforcement, meaning a £40 a year per vehicle charge for residents.
There would also be pay and display parking on Cliff Parade, Boston Square, Lincoln Square and LeStrange Terrace, where parking is currently free.
Richard Bird, county councillor for Hunstanton, said: “Parking can be a real problem for our residents during the summer months.
“We want to welcome visitors to our town, but we have got to have sensible arrangements that encourage people to use car parks for longer stays and allow residents to park reasonably close to home.
“At the same time we need to make sure that businesses and shops benefit from time limited spaces.
“These are only broad proposals at the moment, and I would encourage people to make their views known so that we know whether to develop more detailed plans. Nothing will be imposed on the town without further opportunities to comment, and we will be holding a public exhibition on Monday, September 9, in Hunstanton Town Hall when officers and I will be available to discuss the options. This parking review is an opportunity to solve a problem we have faced every summer for decades.”
Letters will be going out to households and businesses across the town in August asking whether they would back the introduction of pay and display parking in areas such as Cliff Parade, and whether they would support residents’ permit parking in selected areas of the town.
There will also be an opportunity to view the map and make comments at an exhibition of the proposals that will be held in Hunstanton Town Hall on September 9, from 4pm - 7pm.
The consultation closes on September 16.